The news of Jenifer Smith’s departure comes as the DC forensics lab recently lost its accreditation.
WASHINGTON — The acting Deputy Mayor of Public Safety has accepted the resignation of DC Department of Forensic Sciences director Jenifer Smith.
News of Smith’s departure comes as the DC forensics lab recently lost its accreditation, leading to ATF’s Crime Gun Intelligence Center, a mobile command center that assists the Metropolitan Police Department with forensic analysis.
“We have accepted the resignation of Dr. Jenifer Smith, director of the Forensic Sciences Division. Her last day will be Wednesday, May 26,” said Acting Deputy Mayor for Public Security and Justice Chris Geldart. “We thank Dr. Smith for her service and appreciate the work she has done to advance the agency during her tenure. We remain strongly committed to the priorities of an independent lab; the timely collection, evaluation and processing of criminal evidence; and high-quality public health analysis.”
DC Attorney General Karl Racine, who called on Smith to resign, called her departure an “important first step.”
“Dr. Smith’s departure from DFS is an important first step in addressing the substantial issues that led to the decision by local and federal prosecutors to stop using the lab and withdraw its accreditation,” Racine said in a statement. statement to WUSA9. “We look forward to working with the mayor, law enforcement partners and defense attorneys to rehabilitate DFS.”
According to a letter from the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), the organization believed that the DC Department of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Science Laboratory Division, “deliberately concealed information from the ANAB assessment team, violated accreditation requirements, engaged in misrepresentations and fraudulent conduct, and engaged in conduct that discredits ANAB.”
Below is the full letter WUSA9 obtained from a source:
Immediate suspension of the ANAB accreditation of the Forensic Sciences Department
ANAB has received credible evidence that the DC Department of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Science Laboratory Division, intentionally concealed information from the ANAB review team, violated accreditation requirements, engaged in misrepresentation and fraudulent conduct, and engaged in with behavior that discredits ANAB. This credible evidence is detailed in the “Final Report of Review and Audit of Selected Casework of the Firearms Examination Unit of the Forensic Science Laboratory Division, Department of Forensic Sciences, District of Columbia,” the source material featured in this report and the ANAB- records is trusted from the review activities and complaint investigation of 2020.
ANAB’s international recognition by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) is based on continued compliance with ISO/IEC 17011. That standard, where relevant, states in 7.11.2 “Where there is evidence of fraudulent conduct, or the conformity assessment body has intentionally misrepresented information provides or hides information, the Accreditation Body will initiate its accreditation withdrawal process.” As required by ANAB’s General Terms and Conditions for Accreditation (AG 1008, ANAB shall immediately suspend the accreditation of the laboratory and initiate the process of revocation of accreditation. The laboratory will notify its customers/stakeholders within seven (7) calendar days of the suspension and pending withdrawal from the date of this letter.
Typically, suspension is a temporary restriction in place until the laboratory complies with the responsibilities and obligations of an accredited laboratory. Under the current circumstances, suspension is a temporary measure pending formal withdrawal. The revocation of the laboratory’s accreditation shall be effective thirty (30) calendar days from the date of this letter. The laboratory has the right to appeal against this accreditation decision. The Appeal Form and a description of the Appeal Procedure are available on the ANAB website. The laboratory may also request an immediate, voluntary withdrawal of accreditation.
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